Stop Pouting. Take Action. Be Happy!

Do you have prickly, grouchy people in your life?

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If you aren’t able to quickly identify folks like that in your life…are you, perhaps, one of them?  Hey, I admit it. I’m a recovering grumpy puff…and I fall off the wagon once in a while and revert back to my old ways.

Seriously, I’m sure you encounter these prickly people from time-to-time. Do you enjoy having these folks in your life or on your team?  OK, how about those bright, sunshiny people?  Don’t you find it’s so much easier to be around people who are upbeat and happy?  Happy people make the workplace more productive, and they bring more joy to the home.  Time seems to fly by more quickly when we’re around them.  Most have come to accept that happiness and a positive attitude is better for our mental and physical health.

Hey, we get it…it’s not always easy to choose happiness.  Some folks have been brainwashed that they don’t deserve to be happy. I want you to hear this: That’s a load of bull!

Then, sometimes it just feels good not to work so hard, and to wallow in bitterness, self-pity and resentment for a bit.  But don’t hang out there too long…it feels so much better on the lighter side. Like just about anything that we have to work at, it gets easier over time to choose happiness over bitterness.

Stop pouting. Take action. Be happy.

What’s your experience with choosing happiness over the alternative. Do you have dower, negative people in your life? How’s that working out for you, your team, and the collective morale? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments below.

  • Christopher Rausch

    Great article Larry! Have I (ME) experienced negative people in my life???? HAHA! Your question had me rolling to be honest. The answer: OH YEAH baby!!

    Stephen Covey (I believe) said something to the effect of “We’re like the five people we’re around the most” – VERY COMPELLING statement I’ve held close since I read it. And you know what? It’s TRUE!!!

    You know my story, but for those reading, I was a 7th grade homeless dropout and now have a Masters Degree and a very KICKASS life.

    When I CHANGED the people in my GROUP – my LIFE CHANGED!!!

    Now, as a successful leader, I teach my staff and those who hire me about the amazing impact ATTITUDE has on people and their lives!! Change your attitude and change your life!!

    We really can’t change other people – but we CAN change our perceptions and expectations of them!

    My last piece of advice again is start your day with gratitude and then spend the rest of the day looking for more of it! AND, when you have a crappy day, KNOW that’s it’s for a reason! It’s telling you you’re off base but also HUMAN!

    Thanks Larry!

    Christopher Rausch

    • Larry Broughton

      Great points, Christopher! I agree with your idea of starting your day with a sense of gratitude…but, here’s what I’ve learned from trial and error that’s helped even more than that tidbit: end each day with gratitude! Before I I go to sleep, or as I am falling asleep, I linger on the highlights of the day, and on those things that have brought me joy, or those people for whom I’m grateful. When I do that, I tend to sleep better and wake more refreshed, and in a more positive mood…then I set my day with intentionality. BTW, it’s Jim Rohn who is credited for saying, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Thanks, Christopher, for your comments.

      • David Braun

        I had been doing the gratitude journal every day for several weeks, right when my butt hits the bed. Then went on vacation and after doing it a couple of days, forgot to do it. Then one morning I woke up really negative, almost like a switch happened. Then later in the morning I finally realized what had happened. I got back on the gratitude train quickly, and it immediately made a difference – haven’t woken up grumpy since! 🙂

        • Larry Broughton

          Dave, that’s such a common theme I hear among those who do their nightly “Ta-Da List” (commonly called a gratitude journal)! I’m glad you’re back on the path!

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